Each site has its own terms for use. Check to see what you need to include in the image. Often it’s just a “Courtesy of….”

WikiMedia Commons


This is a large creative commons collection of photographs (re-usable media). The images are owned by the individual creators. However, almost all may be freely reused without individual permission according to the terms of the particular license under which it was contributed to the project. This copyright information is located below each photograph.

The Artchive


This is an excellent site of recognizable artwork. It includes both public domain and copyrighted artwork. The webmaster, Mark Harden states that “you are free to use up to five or six images from the site for any personal non-profit, educational purpose. This would primarily be your personal home page, but could also be, for example, one-time use for an offline presentation.” For more detailed usage information see http://www.artchive.com/artchive/image_use.html.

Morgue File Free Fotos


Free photos for commercial or noncommercial use. You may not claim credit for the original image or resell it.

Life by Google


These beautiful images from Life Magazine may be used for personal, non-commercial use only. Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive from the 1750s to today. Please give credit to Life Magazine.

NY Public Library


Free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the New York Public Library’s collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, photographs, and more. Low resolution downloads can be used for non-profit purposes, however, NYPL states that the user is responsible for obtaining all permissions for all non- public domain images. When using the images, please credit the Library as follows:  “Courtesy of The New York Public Library.”  

NASA Images


NASA has a large collection of images featuring stars, galaxies, planets, space equipment, etc. All images can be used except for the round blue NASA logo, the red retired NASA logotype, and the NASA seal. NASA should be acknowledged as the source of the material.

WJCC Cybersafety: Images


Scroll down to Images. This is a collection of image resources. You must check the permissions of each site before using its images.



This site offers copyright-friendly images to teachers and students.  Then can be used in any project for an educational setting.